Conjugation of 'Ver'

Common Verb Is Mostly Regular

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El ojo es para ver. (The eye is for seeing.). Dan Foy/Creative Commons.

The conjugation of the Spanish verb ver, which usually means "to see" or "to watch," is mostly regular. The most commonly used irregularly conjugated forms are the past participle visto (seen) and the first-person singular present, veo (I see).

Irregular forms are shown in boldface below. The only verbs that share the conjugation of ver are verbs derived from ver such as prever (to preview) and entrever (to partly see).

Translations below are given as a guide to help clarify the differences between the tenses. Actual translations can vary considerably with the context. Personal pronouns are listed below for clarification; in practice they are often omitted.

Infinitive of Ver

ver (to see)

Gerund of Ver

viendo (seeing)

Participle of Ver

visto (seen)

Present Indicative of Ver

yo veo, tú ves, usted/él/ella ve, nosotros/as vemos, vosotros/as véis, ustedes/ellos/ellas ven (I see, you see, he sees, etc.)

Preterite of Ver

yo vi, tú viste, usted/él/ella vio, nosotros/as vimos, vosotros/as visteis, ustedes/ellos/ellas vieron (I saw, you saw, she saw, etc.)

Imperfect Indicative of Ver

yo veía, tú veías, usted/él/ella veía, nosotros/as veíamos, vosotros/as veíais, ustedes/ellos/ellas veían (I used to see, you used to see, etc.) (I used to see, you used to see, he used to see, etc.)

Future Indicative of Ver

yo veré, tú verás, usted/él/ella verá, nosotros/as veremos, vosotros/as veréis, ustedes/ellos/ellas verán (I will see, you will see, he will see, etc.)

Conditional of Ver

yo vería, tú verías, usted/él/ella vería, nosotros/as veríamos, vosotros/as veríais, ustedes/ellos/ellas verían (I would see, you would see, she would see, etc.)

Present Subjunctive of Ver

que yo vea, que tú veas, que usted/él/ella vea, que nosotros/as veamos, que vosotros/as veáis, que ustedes/ellos/ellas vean (that I see, that you see, that she see, etc.)

Imperfect Subjunctive of Ver

que yo viera (viese), que tú vieras (vieses), que usted/él/ella viera (viese), que nosotros/as viéramos (viésemos), que vosotros/as vierais (vieseis), que ustedes/ellos/ellas vieran (viesen) (that I saw, that you saw, that he saw, etc.)

Imperative of Ver

que yo viera (viese), que tú vieras (vieses), que usted/él/ella viera (viese), que nosotros/as viéramos (viésemos), que vosotros/as vierais (vieseis), que ustedes/ellos/ellas vieran (viesen) (see, don't see, see, let's see, etc.)

Compound Tenses of Ver

The perfect tenses are made by using the appropriate form of haber and the past participle, visto. The progressive tenses use estar with the gerund, viendo.

Sample Sentences Showing Conjugation of Ver

Vamos a ver qué pasa. (We'll see what happens. Infinitive.)

No he visto enfermedad peor que la de mi hijo. (I have not seen illness worse than what my son has. Present perfect.)

No veo todos los contactos que he introducido en el móvil. (I can't see all the contacts I've entered in my cellphone. Present indicative.)

Estamos viendo lo que no está ahí. (We are seeing what isn't there. Present progressive.)

Me vio mientras estaba llorando. (She saw me while I was crying. Preterite.)

Miles de inmigrantes veían la Estatua de la Libertad mientras esperaban su destino. (Thousands of immigrants saw the Statue of Liberty while they were awaiting their fate. Imperfect.)

Si pudiéramos entrar en el mundo interior de un animal y entender cómo este percibe, veríamos muchas cosas extremadamente interesantes. (If we were able to enter in the interior world of an animal and understand as it perceives, we would see many extremely interesting things. Conditional.)

Éste es el vídeo que el gobierno no quiera que veas. (This is the video the government doesn't want you to see. Present subjunctive.)